A Tear In Mexico's Curtain Of Democracy

If there's one thing President Carlos Salinas de Gortari has sought for Mexico, it's credibility. When he took office four years ago, he boldly pledged to slash inflation, turn the government deficit into a surplus, and privatize like crazy--in short, to engineer an about-face for Mexico's battered economy. He has wooed foreign investment and negotiated a ground-breaking free-trade agreement with the world's greatest power.

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